Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pasta with Kale and Onions

If you are new to kale and want to give it a try, I highly recommend this recipe.  It's very tasty and very easy to do.  And on top of that, it uses white wine so you have an excuse to pour yourself a glass in the kitchen :)

To serve two, you will need:
  • One bunch of kale, ripped with stems removed (more if you'd like)
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Half of a yellow onion, chopped
  • A splash of white wine (around 1/3 of a cup)
  • Pasta (your choice, but I like angel hair)
  • Parmesan cheese to top it off

Pour a small amount of olive oil (enough to lightly coat your pan) into a frying pan over medium heat.  Once the oil is hot, add the chopped onions.  Allow the onions to brown in the pan.  Once they do, pour the white wine into the pan. 

The kale when you first add it
Bright green kale
Begin to add the kale in small batches.  When you first add it, the kale will have a ashen color.  When the kale turns a bright green, add more kale and repeat the process, stirring gently.

You can add small amounts of water as the kale cooks to keep it from getting too dry

When you have added all of the kale, cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium low and stir occassionally until the kale is tender (about 20 minutes).  Meanwhile, bring water to a boil and cook your pasta according to its directions.  I usually start my pasta about 10 minutes into cooking the kale.

Once the pasta is done, drain it and divide it.  Top the pasta with the kale and onion mix and grate fresh parmesan over it all.



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